A slow sunset paddle in the cove.
So simple and #zen .
Few of us know how much work and patience is behind this photo of a regal Jolie on a SUP (#SUPerdog ) .
It started 3 years ago
A trembling furball under the captain's seat on her first boat trip with @andyinbootcove; .
Her canoe-tipping threats on the foggy Kludahk with @fourthrook;
Her first real terrifying waves on Cowichan lake with @dangmcneil;
Her plain refusal to get on board the SCT's secret canoe with @meggieadventures and the following cries that the lake carried from the dock to us;
Her first taste of SUP with @charliethemaremmagoldenpup and her bailing .
Her first escape from a sea kayak in Kitsilano with @shanstrach @tammctavish and @marcau.negri 1
Who would have known that my dog's great distrust for anything floating would one day be eased by a 3 day canoe trip with @mason_gunneson and a dog-PFD that she wears like a superhero cape?
After 3 years of being patient, respecting her limits while pushing them every time a little more, now when I look at her and say Hop, she walks on the board, and sits in the front. #imthecaptainnow .
I am so proud. Be ready for all the #dogonaboat photos this summer!!#ithasalreadybegun .
O, inline roller skates.
Likely imagined before the 17th century; officially invented in London, England, in 1760; cool in 1990's, dorky in the new millenia...
Found again, cool again, in 2018.
There are references to roller skates in 1743, but it wasn't until 1760 that Belgian woodworker and self-titled inventor John Joseph Merlin officially invented the inline skates. It is said that, from the beginning, stopping was a problem.
Thomas Busby's Concert Room and Orchestra Anecdotes (1805) recalls
."One of his ingenious novelties was a pair of skaites contrived to run on wheels. Supplied with these and a violin, he mixed in the motley group of one of Mrs Cowleys' masquerades at Carlisle House; when not having provided the means of retarding his velocity, or commanding its direction, he impelled himself against a mirror of more than five hundred pounds value, dashed it to atoms, broke his instrument to pieces and wounded himself most severely." .
Time has passed, but some things never change... Am I right?
Swipe left for a vintage selfie of John Joseph Merlin from the National Museum of Roller Skating
#historybits#dogsofvancouver#inlineskate#cool#sweet16#watchmego#rollerskating like there's no tomorrow ... #nofilter#happytails#bernesemountaindogs#swipeleft
These days, most Canadians are still giving anxious looks to their snow banks that aren't melting fast enough.
The dogs of Vancouver on the other hand (paw) are seeking shade under the cherry blossoms, trying to cool down. .
It is quite interesting how those trees from afar became a #paragon of the Canadian West Coast Spring. #newword .
When Vancouver was young, in the late 1800s until the 1940s, large, tall trees that would live long and provide a lot of shade were planted along streets and in parks: elm, maple, chestnut and plane, which are big and green and majestic today.
But in the middle of the 20th century, it was becomming clear that these were not the ideal urban ornamental trees one would have hoped for; as they reached their mature #majestic size, the number of public complaintts about roots invading sewer lines, heaving sidewalks, and canopies that interfered with utility lines also reached majestic proportions. .
Around that time (1930s) Vancouver had received 500 blossomming trees from the Japanese cities of Kobe and Yokohama to thank the city for honoring the Japanese Canadians who fought in World War I.
In these circumstances, the big green trees of Vancouver were gradually replaced by smaller, flowering cherry, plum and crabapple. There are now in Vancouver over 40,000 trees blossoming in April and May.
We are sitting under a Prunus serrulata, or 'Kwazan' Cherry tree, a fruitless cultivar native to China, Korea and Japan. .
The #Kwazan was named after a mountain in Japan. Misspellings of the name abound. Thus you will sometimes see "Kwanza cherry" or even "Kwanzaa cherry." The original name 'Sekiyama' is rarely used.
The first "Vista" of Sendero Diez Vistas offers a splendid view of the South part of Indian Arm and Bedwell Bay.
Go back 226 years and imagine how different the view was for the Salish people witnessing the British Capitain George Vancouver sailing in with his crew, looking for the Northwest Passage. At the time, the area was known as Tsaa-tsmat or Sasamat, meaning Cool Place #cool .
On the evening of June 13th, 1792, the Brits set camp on the shores facing today's Belcarra. After a night punctuated by curious Salish visitors and an unexpected rising tide waking up the crew, at 4 AM Captain Vancouver looked North, basically to where Jolie and I stopped for a snack, and noted:
. "A small opening extended to the northward with two little islets before it of little importance; could not be deemed navigable for shipping"
And so he went, leaving the North Arm to be explored by the Spaniards that would sail in two days later and sprinkle Spanish-sounding names all over their maps. Like Brazo de Floridablanca - which was later renamed Indian Arm. .